South African Consulate launches program to help the poor ring in Lunar Year

By Thu Thuy, Thanh Nien News

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Honorary Consul of the Republic of South Africa Do Thi Kim Lien speaks at the launching ceremony for “Nha sach don Tet” program in Ho Chi Minh City on January 15. Photo credit: Consulate of the Republic of South Africa Honorary Consul of the Republic of South Africa Do Thi Kim Lien speaks at the launching ceremony for “Nha sach don Tet” program in Ho Chi Minh City on January 15. Photo credit: Consulate of the Republic of South Africa

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The Consulate of the Republic of South Africa held a ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday to launch its “Nha sach don Tet” (Clean house to welcome the Lunar New Year) program to raise fund for the poor.
It is part of a series of community-based programs named “Tet den moi nha” (Tet come to every families), organized by the Consulate and the VASS Assurance Corporation to help poverty-stricken families to ring in Tet, Vietnam’s biggest annual festival.
Taking part in the “Nha sach don Tet” program will be some 400 volunteers from 32 universities, colleges, vocational schools and high schools throughout the city, according to the Consulate.
These voluntary students will take orders of companies and individuals who have no time to tidy your office or residences to welcome the New Year. Proceeds from the program will go into charity fund to support poor people so that they will have a warmer Tet, said Madam Do Thi Kim Lien, Honorary Consul of the Republic of South Africa.
“Tet is the time for family reunion and relax. However, many people can’t have such a normal thing and they have to spend these days in loneliness, poverty and unhappiness. Therefore, ‘Nha sach don Tet’ carries a humanity missions to bring and share Tet’s spirit for the unlucky people,” Lien said at the ceremony.
 
Vu Thanh Nga, Vice General Director of VASS Assurance Corporation, said: "With our motto ‘give meaning to each day you live’ to share the fortune to unfortunates, VASS often implements charity and community-based activities. So we are all so proud of taking part in this program because of its significant humanity.”
Among the community-based programs implemented by the Honorary Consulate and VASS Assurance Corporation include presenting over 100 gift packages (blankets, cookies and candies) and lucky money to blind children and poor people in the central province of Thua Thien- Hue on January 9 and another 100 gifts to pupils in the border regions on January 12.
The duo will present 800 sweaters to poor children in the northern border province of Lai Chau before the Year of the Goat, which will fall on February 19.
The Consulate will also cooperate with the Ho Chi Minh City University of Foreign Languages – Information Technology (HUFLIT) to make banh chung (Vietnam’s traditional square sticky rice cake) then presenting the cakes to children at orphanages and lonely elderly people in HCMC.

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